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SANS Institute to Host Security Operations Center Summit

Top Security and Incident Response Experts to Share Best Practices for Implementing and Maintaining Effective Security Operations

  • Bethesda, MD
  • March 24, 2015

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the SANS Security Operations Center (SOC) Summit to take place April 30 - May 1 in Washington D.C. This first-of-its-kind SOC event allows individuals to network and form a much needed information sharing community to solve today's complex security operations issues. Greater intelligence sharing helps organizations detect and resolve intrusions in a much timelier manner.

Every organization faces the challenge of how to properly monitor and analyze security. At the SOC Summit, professionals and experts will share their experiences with building out their organization's SOCs. According to summit speaker David Nathans, who wrote the book on building an SOC, "Organizations have a hard time detecting network intrusions, as a result adversaries are lurking undetected and wreaking havoc. By sharing what we have learned through attacks such as Sony, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and utilizing cyber threat intelligence available from incident response teams, we have the ability to create more effective SOCs and make predictive and accurate assessments of where adversaries will attempt a breach next."

The SOC Summit is a two-day event focused on helping organizations to create and run an effective security operations center. While most organizations know they need an SOC, they are unaware of how to effectively operate one. The goal of this summit is to arm attendees with the necessary information to help them avoid SOC implementation and operating mistakes. Attendees will learn about the successful processes and capabilities that other SOCs are using to help create more wins against a variety of threat groups.

The summit brings together some of the industry's top cyber security and incident response experts. Included among the impressive list of speakers are:

  • Rohan Amin, Ph.D., MD, Global Head of Cyber Security Operations, JPMorgan Chase
  • Craig L. Bowser, Sr., Security Engineer, Dept. of Energy
  • Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, Director - Security Operations Center, Johnson & Johnson
  • Mike Cloppert, CIRT Chief Research Analyst, Lockheed Martin
  • Jack Crook, Senior Incident Handler, General Electric
  • Jim Goddard, Executive Director, Security Monitoring and Incident Response, Kaiser Permanente
  • David Nathans, Product Security Expert, Siemens
  • Nancy Thompson, CISSP, CRISC, Director of Operations, Cyber Risk Defense Center, Cyber Security/Technology Risk Office, Kaiser Permanente

The summit is held in conjunction with an extensive six-day training event which includes the new SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations course. This course will help SOC teams analyze threats and detect anomalies that could indicate cybercriminal behavior. Because an organization can't have a successful SOC without an incident response team capable of performing network forensics, the training event will also feature the FOR508: Advanced Digital Forensics and Incident Response course.

For more information on the SOC Summit or training event, including a complete list of speakers and courses or to register, please visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at In-Person and Live Online cyber security training events, and more than 50 courses are available anytime, anywhere with our OnDemand platform. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system – the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (